Unfamiliar with this song? Hear it here.
1) This song is about a poor dead skunk that stinks "to high heaven." Have you ever experienced the spray from a skunk?
Only peripherally. Thank goodness I’ve never been sprayed, or God forbid, one of my dogs sprayed. The whole bathing in tomato juice thing (does that even work?), I just can’t even.
2) Dennis Oliver, a disc jockey in Quincy, IL, played this song every night at 9:00 PM for decades. The only thing that got him to stop was being moved to the morning slot. What song do you never tire of?
I’ve always loved ZZ Top. The old stuff mostly—I was never a fan of their “MTV-era” albums. In junior high, we had an assignment where we had to conduct a contemporary album of our choice. I chose ZZ Top’s 1975 album, Fandango, specifically Tush. It was QUITE the scandal, considering the lyrics. My classmates loved it, the whole place was rockin’. It was literally my only 3 minutes of popularity, ever, lol. Anyhow, I’ve been listening to Fandango the last couple of days since Dusty Hill passed away. Rock and roll will never be the same.
3) At Georgia Tech's Russ Chandler Stadium, the fans sing this during the 7th inning stretch of their baseball games. Do you know the lyrics of the more conventional 7th inning choice, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame?"
Only vaguely. I enjoyed live baseball exactly 1 year, which happened to be the inaugural year of the Colorado Rockies. They didn’t even have a ballpark yet, so the games were played in the old Mile-High Stadium in Denver….to packed seats. It was a lot of fun, but then we moved to a town with no team at all, so there went that.
Mandolin. I love the sound, and the intricate picking. I’d love to learn how to play it, if I had a musical bone in my body. Which I don’t, sadly.
5) He appeared as Capt. Spalding on several episodes of M*A*S*H in the 1970s. If you could transport yourself into the world of your favorite TV show, which would you choose?
That’s hard! My two favorite shows come from literal opposite ends of …. Well everything. Downton Abbey and The Expanse. Period drama and space opera. I’d be happy in either world.
6) Loudon's mother was a yoga instructor. What did you most recently do for exercise?
Every other day, we take Maddie for a walk. We’ve managed to build up to just shy of 2 miles. Our neighborhood is built around an extensive arroyo system (dry riverbeds for those of you who don’t live in the Southwest). Our local flood control board has placed nice, wide, paved paths along them in order to maintain the banks and so forth. It’s a lovely way to get out an walk, lots of birds, rabbits, etc. I am fortunate enough to have a remote and flexible job that allows me to take my lunch at around 0930 am. We get out before the pavement gets hot, so Maddie’s feet don’t get burned…it gets crazy hot here later in the day and she won’t tolerate the little boots. Here’s a map of one of our recent walks.
7) He went to St. Andrew's School in Delaware, where the movie Dead Poet's Society, starring Robin Williams, was filmed. When you think of Robin Williams, do you recall his dramatic movie roles, his funny movies, his comedy routines, or Mork from Ork?
I loved him in everything, Mork the least. One of my favorite movies of all time is Good Will Hunting. He won an Oscar for best supporting actor for that one, and it was well-deserved. Great movie, great actor, great role. On the comedy side, I remember watching his live show, A Night at the Met, over and over on HBO way back in the day. Lord, that man was funny. And the genie, from Aladdin—genius. What a loss to the world.
8) In 1973, when this song was popular, Norman Mailer created a great deal of buzz with his book about Marilyn Monroe. Do you read many biographies and memoirs? Or do you prefer to read fiction?
Mostly fiction. I rarely dip my toe into biographies, and almost never memoirs.
9) Random question: You're on the road, traveling through a town you've never been in before, and ready to stop for a quick bite. On one side of the street is a cute little diner called Mom's. On the other side is McDonald's. Which do you choose?
Definitely Mom’s. I love diner food. Diners are pretty popular here...it's the whole Rte. 66 thing, I think.